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Author talks about his preacher mother on BBC Radio Northampton

Author talks about his preacher mother on BBC Radio Northampton
Martin Heath
Martin Heath

BBC Radio district reporter and faith presenter

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Andrew-Daunton Fear has been interviewed on BBC Radio Northampton about his recently published book

On 7 February Martin Heath, BBC Radio district reporter, interviewed author Andrew Daunton-Fear on his breakfast show, about Andrew’s recently published title Treasures From a Deep Mine.

Getting to know a little of Andrew’s history, Martin first asked about Andrew’s time in Thrapston, where he was a Rector from 1979-89.

The book is a collection of devotional talks by Andrew’s mother, Alison Daunton-Fear. Martin asked about the reason for publishing these talks, and Andrew proceeded to share about the time that he and his sister Mary had first disovered one of them, and how impressed they were. After searching through family documents, they soon discovered many more.

Martin questioned if there was perhaps a running theme behind these talks of Alison’s.

Andrew replied, It was the need to submit our lives to God and we would find forgiveness, new strength and inner peace.”

He went on to explain that the theme of these talks had not really changed over their 30 year span, but some people had suggested that the later ones seemed to be calmer and more mature.

When asked who would be most interested in reading the book, Andrew replied,

“Church people who wanted to draw nearer to God, and open-minded people who do not attend church but yet want to know more about God.”

About the Book

This book is a collection of 40 talks by Alison Daunton-Fear, a gifted preacher whose ministry spanned a large part of the twentieth century, including during the years of the Second World War. As the Church of England did not allow women to be ordained at that time, she mainly preached to women’s groups, especially the Mothers’ Union, but her powerful sermons speak to us all today. Her work complemented that of her ordained husband Richard, who eventually became an Archdeacon in Australia.

Alison’s talks reflect her radiant Christian faith and beauty of spirit, her extensive knowledge of the Bible, and her deep love and understanding of the needs of humanity. They are concise but packed with spiritual truth with practical application that both challenges and encourages.

Presented as daily readings, each with a scripture to meditate on, this book can be used as a daily devotional (for example, during the 40 days of lent), as a resource for small group studies or as a treasury of teaching material for church leaders.

Treasures from a Deep Mine

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